What happened this day in history April 15

What are the important events that happened on April 15? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

April 15: Facts & Myths About This Day

April 15 is the 105th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 260 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is April 2, 2021 – a Thursday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 449,568 hours has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘hectapentagon’ day.

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Aries is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Diamond is the modern birthstone for this month. Opal is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 292 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 3,037 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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April 15 Historical Events

  • 1817
    Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet and Laurent Clerc founded the American School for the Deaf, the first American school for deaf students, in Hartford, Connecticut.
  • 1865
    Abraham Lincoln dies without regaining consciousness after being shot the previous evening by actor John Wilkes Booth.
  • 1892
    The General Electric Company is formed.
  • 1921
    Black Friday: mine owners announce more wage and price cuts, leading to the threat of a strike all across England.
  • 1942
    The George Cross is awarded to “to the island fortress of Malta – its people and defenders” by King George VI.
  • 1957
    White Rock, British Columbia officially separates from Surrey, British Columbia and is incorporated as a new city.
  • 1960
    At Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina, Ella Baker leads a conference that results in the creation of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, one of the principal organizations of the African-American Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s.
  • 1969
    The EC-121 shootdown incident: North Korea shoots down a United States Navy aircraft over the Sea of Japan, killing all 31 on board.
  • 1994
    Representatives of 124 countries and the European Communities sign the Marrakesh Agreements revising the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade and initiating the World Trade Organization (effective January 1, 1995).
  • 2002
    An Air China Boeing 767-200, flight CA129 crashes into a hillside during heavy rain and fog near Busan, South Korea, killing 128.

Who were born on April 15?

  • 1889
    Thomas Hart Benton, American muralist (d. 1975)
  • 1895
    Clark McConachy, New Zealand billiards player (d. 1980)
  • 1931
    Tomas Tranströmer, Swedish writer, poet and translator, recipient of the 2011 Nobel Prize for Literature
  • 1940
    Woodie Fryman, American baseball player
  • 1952
    Bengt Gingsjö, Swedish swimmer
  • 1970
    Flex Alexander, American actor
  • 1972
    Arturo Gatti, Canadian boxer (d. 2009)
  • 1975
    Paul Dana, American race car driver (d. 2006)
  • 1981
    Seth Wulsin, American artist
  • 1983
    Martin Pedersen, Danish professional cyclist

Who died on April 15?

  • 1764
    Peder Horrebow, Danish astronomer (b. 1679)
  • 1804
    Charles Pichegru, French general (strangled in prison) (b. 1761)
  • 1889
    Father Damien, Flemish missionary (b. 1840)
  • 1898
    Kepa Te Rangihiwinui, Maori military leader
  • 1957
    Pedro Infante, Mexican actor and singer (b. 1917)
  • 1971
    Dan Reeves, American football team owner (b. 1912)
  • 1992
    Otis Barton, American deep-sea diver (b. 1899)
  • 1994
    John Curry, English figure skater (b. 1949)
  • 1995
    Harry Shoulberg, American painter, serigrapher (b. 1903)
  • 2008
    Sean Costello, American blues musician (b. 1979)

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